Banshee Season One Blu-ray Review
From the creator of True Blood, this exciting new Cinemax action drama charts the twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-convict who improbably becomes sheriff of a rural, Amish-area town while searching for a woman he last saw 15 years ago, when he gave himself up to police to let her escape after a jewel heist. Living in Banshee under an assumed name, Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic) is now married to the local DA, has two children (one of whom may be Lucas’s), and is trying desperately to keep a low profile--until Lucas arrives to shake up her world and rekindle old passions. Complicating matters is the fact that Banshee is riddled by corruption, with an Amish overlord, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), brutally building a local empire of drugs, gambling and graft. With the help of a boxer-turned-barkeeper named Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison), Lucas is able to stay on even footing with Kai and his thugs, and even manages to bring a measure of tough justice to Banshee. But eventually, Lucas’ appetite for pulling heists pulls him and Carrie into a dangerous cauldron of duplicity, exacerbated when Mr. Rabbit (Ben Cross), the NY mobster they once ripped off, closes in with vengeance on his mind.
True Blood is still going strong but with stars itching to take their True Blood stardom into film and break free from the ties that bind, Alan Ball, creator of the vampire hit is moving some of his eggs into another basket.
A basket containing, sex, violence and identity theft!
Antony Starr plays Lucas Hood the outlaw and ex-master thief who ends up in the town of Banshee, when opportunity presents itself and his chance to turn a new leaf lays itself in front of him he takes it. However he has to bury a body deep in order to become the town sheriff. Identity theft is a big problem in the world today but if you had the confidence and the nerve to start again as someone else... you totally would, right? Would you bury a body to do it?
In Banshee we're given the rootin' tootin' law man with a secret, a law man who has been the outlaw causing the problems in the past but knowing that element he deals with men on the wrong side of the law, the only way he knows how and that's getting down on their level. Fists flying, guns firing and a whole lot of swagger, the Banshee police department has never seen a law man quite like Lucas.
How long can the facade last though, as the criminal element dig deeper into the past of this new wayward sheriff? Not too damn long and as Lucas' past catches up with him, he puts the town and its inhabitants in danger as the mob close in on his actual identity. Reaching out to old friends and old loves who have also found their place in society, Lucas stirs up emotions and inspires the town to action.
Banshee isn't the best Alan Ball show out there but it certainly adds a new element of entertainment ot the small screen with sex, violence and a touch of backwater rock n roll. Banshee might not be on peoples radars but it certainly is worth your time. Antony Starr doesn't seem like the perfect leading man but when the shit begins to fly, he proves himself.
Prepare to wince, this one can get pretty violent but it's nice to have a Robin Hood character on our screens again, an outlaw looking out for a town infected with a cancer that's looking to choke the life out of it.